Several major Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix have filed a lawsuit against Dragon Media Inc, branding it a supplier of pirate streaming devices. The companies accuse Dragon of using the Kodi media player in combination with pirate addons to facilitate mass copyright infringement via its Dragon Box device.
Netflix and other on-demand streaming services barely help to curtail piracy, new research shows. While legal streaming services are commonly used nowadays, the limited availability of recent content and the associated price tag are serious hurdles for many pirates.
A recent takedown notice submitted on behalf of Netflix brands the popular Stranger Things community on Reddit as a ‘pirate haven.’ The streaming service lists the subreddit in a recent takedown request that was sent to Google, alongside several other unusual sites. Google, wisely, has not taken any action.
Netflix-type streaming services are among the best and most convenient alternatives to piracy but they have failed to make unauthorized consumption a thing of the past. Netflix understands this and by continuing to expand its content protection team, the company hopes to reduce piracy to a fringe activity.
A few years ago Netflix wasn’t all too worried about piracy but now that it produces a lot of original content, this has changed. The company now has a ”Global Copyright Protection Group” and also enlists its ‘own’ stars to address the issue head on. The executive board of ‘Cali Cartel’ in the hit series Narcos threatens to ‘kill’ those who dare to download the show from ”shitty websites.”
Disney announced that it will end its US distribution deal with Netflix in 2019. This means that many titles won’t be available on the popular streaming service but through a new Disney-branded platform instead. While the media giant expects to profit from the strategy, more fragmentation is not ideal for the public. In a way, one can argue that it keeps piracy relevant.
Netflix offers a great alternative to piracy, and for dozens of millions of people it’s a favorite pastime. However, recent claims that the company is winning the war on piracy may be a bit overstated. In fact, the rapid rise of streaming piracy poses a grave threat, as millions of people regularly watch Netflix content through unofficial sites and apps.
Netflix customers who previously viewed the service using a ‘rooted’ Android device are no longer able to do so, at least officially. The development has been confirmed by Netflix, who say that the company’s reliance on Google’s Widevine DRM standards means that modified and/or non-certified devices will be excluded from the service.
The pirate streaming site ”Coke and Popcorn” has shutdown. The site, which linked to a wide variety of TV-shows and movies, doesn’t specify a reason but says that the decision is permanent. The operator warns users not to fall for any copycat sites and points them to ”safe” and ”better” options such as Netflix instead.
Netflix is trying to limit the visibility of the ”Orange is The New Black” leaks by sending takedown requests targeted at various websites. The leak is significant enough for the video streaming service to direct one anti-piracy vendor to focus specifically on copies of the leaked files.